Bill Drayton

CEO and Chair

William Drayton is the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Mr. Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. He previously worked for McKinsey and Company in New York and served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Drayton is the chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working! He has won numerous awards and honors throughout his career including an Honorary Doctorate from NYU and the Essl Social Prize for his work creating and building the field of social entrepreneurship. In 2011, he received honorary doctorates from Babson College and Marquette University. Most recently, Mr. Drayton received the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation, Spain’s highest honor.